Sea Turtle Talks

An ISTS Virtual Event







Thank you to everyone who participated in 2021 the Sea Turtle Talks virtual events! If you were not able to participate in any of the events, you can access links to Twitter Talks and recordings of the Rehab Chat and Panel Discussion on each events' page on this website (see Program dropdown in upper right corner).

We are excited to announce the launch of Sea Turtle Talks, a free, three-day virtual event to be held September 14–16, 2021!

The goals of this event are to re-connect the global sea turtle community in advance of the 40th International Sea Turtle Symposium* and provide new, in-formal opportunities and discussions to learn about sea turtle research, conservation, and management around the world.

Planned free virtual events include Twitter Talks (i.e., Twitter conference), a rehab chat (i.e., planning workshop), and a panel discussion.

This is an International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS) event, supported and promoted by the ISTS Board of Directors.

*Please note, the Sea Turtle Talks virtual event is separate from the 40th International Sea Turtle Symposium and has a different organizing committee.

Twitter Talks

September 14th, 2021

A day-long Twitter conference showcasing the latest sea turtle research, conservation, management, outreach, and artwork from around the world.

Rehab Chat

September 15th, 2021

A planning meeting for the ISTS40 Medicine, Rescue, and Rehab Workshop.

Panel Discussion

September 16th, 2021

A panel discussion on impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on sea turtle research and conservation.

Separate registration is required for the Rehab Chat and Panel Discussion.


As Twitter is a public platform, registration is not required to view Twitter Talks or participate in the discussion. However, you will need a Twitter account to engage in the discussion. The schedule is in the Abstract Booklet below and on the Twitter Talks Page. Follow @SeaTurtleTalks and #SeaTurtleTalks to keep up with the event. Learn more here.

Key Dates

  • Jul 19 – Sep 2: Registration open to present a Twitter Talk

  • Aug 16 – Sep 2: Registration open to participate in the Rehab Chat and Panel Discussion

  • Sep 7: Program released to participants and the public


Organizing Committee

(in alphabetical order)

Denise Cordeiro Soares: Lampedusa Turtle Rescue Center, Italy

Daniela Freggi: Lampedusa Turtle Rescue Center, Italy

Marco García Cruz: Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research, University of Florida, United States

Josie Lawrence: Lampedusa Turtle Rescue Center, Italy

Erin McMichael: ECS Federal in support of NOAA Fisheries, United States

Alejandra Morales Mérida: Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, Guatemala; Laboratoire Écologie, Systématique, Évolution, Université Paris Saclay, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, AgroParisTech, Orsay, France

Matthew Ramirez: Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, United States

Miguel Reyes López: Centro de Biotecnología Genómica, Instituti Politécnico Nacional, Mexico

Sibelle Vilaça: Università di Ferrara, Italy

Sean Williamson: Florida Atlantic University, United States; Monash University, Australia

Sea Turtle Twitter Talks Abstract Book 2021

The Sea Turtle Talks virtual event is hosted on behalf of: